An unlikely number of people in our living room

So with an oven installed in our ever-better equipped kitchen, I decided to invite a few of my new international chums over for dinner. We discovered that our modest dining…

Economic croissants and maps of cheese

Time is flying by. I am already into my second week of college. These first three weeks are preparatory classes for all the Erasamus students at les Ponts, afterwhich the…

False starts – Grave affair – Breaking & Entering

Sunday evening I started to pack my bag for my first day of school on Monday, or so I thought… A double-check of a letter from ENPC reconfirmed what Mary…

Sunday lunch with the neighbours

On Sunday I had the chance to go to a “repas du quartier” – (neighbourhood meal). The deal is that it’s a meal somewhere in the locality, sometimes on tables…

You wouldn’t do that at home now would you?

I saw this ad last spring but it still makes me laugh!

Hello Paris – Ultra-modern out-of-date stations – Blue sky thinking for council houses

Hooray – I have arrived. Last night, I hauled up the steps the final suitcase into the flat that will be Mary and mine for at least the next year….

Getting ready for the off – Number Two

26th August 2006 I am on my way down to the south of France for the bank holiday weekend. This is the first time that I have managed to get…

Corrections and Clarifications

My thanks go to Henry Bardsley, lead structural engineer on the Pont Simone de Beauvoir, for putting me right on some of the points I made in my article on…

It is nearly always a lovely day in Architecture world

This quote is from Jonathan Glancey in today’s G2: “It is nearly always a lovely day in Architecture World. Happy, shiny, gym-fit young people living today’s latte-fuelled urban 24-hour lifestyle,…

Blog blues

Thanks to all of you (well one of you) for your requests for photos. I have now been trying to get photos to work on my last entry but to…